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Many activities are scheduled for Homecoming, including week-long campus and student events, the Homecoming Parade, college events, the Grand Awards Gala, the Green and White pre-game brunch, the MSU Families @ Homecoming Tailgate and the Homecoming football game versus the Purdue Boilermakers! Don’t forget to show your Spartan Spirit by “glowing green.”

All Week Long!

Sparty’s Flag Find
Monday, September 28-Friday, October 2
No cost
Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association
Each afternoon during Homecoming week, students will get the chance to hunt down one of Sparty’s hidden flags. A flag will be placed each morning at a secret location on campus. The first student(s) to locate, retrieve and return the flag to the MSU Alumni Association office (third floor of the Spartan Stadium tower) will win a great prize! Each clue, in either photo or riddle form, will be posted on the Association of Future Alumni Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts at 12:00 p.m. Although each picture or riddle clue will not perfectly reveal the location of the flag, it will offer an idea of where Sparty’s flag may be hidden.
Follow the Association of Future Alumni on Twitter and Instagram at @MSUFutureAlumni, or like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/MSUFutureAlumni, to stay updated on flag location clues!

Monday, September 28

Sing for a Tee
Various locations around campus
No charge
Watch the University Activities Board Twitter feed to find out where they’ll be located on campus and you can receive a free Homecoming t-shirt for singing the MSU Fight Song.

Hayrides & History
6:00-8:00 p.m.
International Center Parking Lot
No charge
Kick off Homecoming Week with this classic event, taking a hayride around campus and learning about MSU’s history from MSU Alumni Association Student Ambassadors. Free giveaways and snacks will be provided while supplies last.

Tuesday, September 29

Sounds of Homecoming
8:00-10:00 p.m.
MSU Union Main Lounge
No charge
Stop by the MSU Union and hear musical performances by MSU’s a cappella groups. Visit the University Activities Board website for more information.

Wednesday, September 30

James Madison Founders Circle Presents Rajmohan Gandhi
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presented live online by the MSU Alumni Association
Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has been engaged for half a century in efforts of trust-building, reconciliation and democracy and battles against corruption and inequalities. These efforts, in India and across the world, have involved writing, speaking, public interventions and organizing dialogues.

CD Mosaic Craft Night
7:00-9:00 p.m.
MSU Union, Room 50
No charge
Celebrate those that have taken the stage before us and create a unique Homecoming craft using pieces of broken CDs, paint and Sharpies. Craft supplies available while supplies last.

Thursday, October 1

The School of Hospitality Business Alumni-Student Golf Outing
10:30 a.m.
Forest Akers, West Course
$150 per person (includes sponsorship of one student golfer and lunch at the turn)
Reservations required; please RSVP to Lena Loeffler by email or by calling (517) 884-1580.

The School of Hospitality Business Alumni-Faculty Roundtable Discussion
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Red Cedar Room
No cost to attend
Reservations required; please RSVP to Lena Loeffler by email or by calling (517) 884-1580.

Spartan Women/East Lansing – The Producers Edition
5:00-7:30 p.m.
MSU University Club, Heritage Room
$45 per person, includes wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Broaden your professional and personal network when you attend this special evening showcasing some extraordinary Spartan women serving in television/film producer roles for major programming. Special guests include:

  • Lisa Farrell (CBS News)
  • Soren Miltich (Black Swan, Inside Amy Schumer, The Humbling, Unforgettable)
  • Cathy Daniel (The Meredith Vieira Show, The Dr. Oz Show, What Not To Wear)
  • Melanie Paul Reardon (Broke Ass Bride, Chopped, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, Deep Sea Detectives, Killer Shark Live)
  • Carol Yancho (House Hunters International, After The First 48, Trading Spaces, CNN)
  • Moderated by Susi Elkins, WKAR Station Manager

For more information, or to register, visit the Spartan Women/East Lansing website.

MSU Alumni Association 2015 Grand Awards Gala 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:15 p.m. dinner
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
By invitation only Sparrow Health System Livestream/Breast Cancer
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Presented live online by the MSU Alumni Association
As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sparrow physicians are providing a free public forum discussing dense breasts and surgical and non-surgical treatments for breast cancer, from initial diagnoses through care completion. This session will conclude with an opportunity to get your questions on this topic answered by the health team.

The School of Hospitality Business Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Lincoln Room
Open to Hospitality Business alumni and students.
Reservation required; please RSVP by email or by calling (517) 353-9747.

Music at Summer Circle Theatre
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Summer Circle Theatre by the Kresge Art Center (Rain location in the MSU Union Main Lounge)
No charge
Enjoy refreshments and live music performed by Desmond Jones while taking in the perfect “fall feel” on campus at the Summer Circle Theatre.

Friday, October 2

The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Executive & Appointed
8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Lincoln Room
Only open to Hospitality Business alumni association board members.
Reservations required; please RSVP to Lena Loeffler by email or by calling (517) 884-1580.

College of Human Medicine Brunch
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
DeVos Place (Grand Rapids, MI), Ballroom A
To register visit the College of Human Medicine event site.
For more information contact Marci Muller by email or by calling (616) 234-2611.

Ice Cream @ The Rock
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Auditorium Field/The Rock on Farm Lane (Rain location in the MSU Union Main Lounge)
No charge
Head to “The Rock” for free MSU Dairy Store ice cream, available while supplies last.

College of Human Medicine MSURX
12:30- 4:30 p.m.
DeVos Place (Grand Rapids, MI), Ballroom A
MSURX is a thought-provoking and inspirational serves of short talks to inspire audiences. If you’re unable to make the event in-person, the MSU Alumni Association will be streaming the event live online.
To register visit the College of Human Medicine event site.
For more information contact Marci Muller by email or by calling (616) 234-2611.

College of Arts & Letters Homecoming Parade Watch
4:30 p.m. (tent opens)
Located in the courtyard between Berkey Hall and the Broad Art Museum (on Grand River)
No cost to attend
Join us for our newest tradition – the CAL Homecoming Parade Watch! Visit our tent to meet with other alumni, families and friends of CAL as you enjoy the parade festivities. MSU’s own “Eat at State” food truck will be on hand serving up refreshments, including its award-winning signature Smoked Cheddar Cheeseburger. Guests who RSVP by Friday, September 18 will receive a complimentary meal ticket.
For more information contact the College of Arts and Letters office by email or by calling (517) 353-4725.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences Homecoming Bash
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Beggar’s Banquet (Downtown East Lansing)
Celebrate #COMARTSCI at Beggar’s Banquet, and watch the MSU Homecoming Parade as it passes by on Abbot Road! Tickets are available online or at the door.
For more information contact Alumni Relations Coordinator Rachael Ruis by email or by calling (517) 432-7207.

MSUBA Homecoming Registration & Old School Welcome Reception
5:00-10:00 p.m.
$10
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Lobby and Atrium
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

MSUBA Happy Hour at Gregory’s
5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Gregory’s Inc. (Lansing, MI)
No cover charge
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

Homecoming Parade
6:00 p.m.
Downtown East Lansing and the MSU Campus
The parade begins at Hannah Community Center and travels down Abbot to Grand River and into campus at the Collingwood entrance. Enjoy the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Alumni Band, the MSU Cheerleaders and Dance Team, MSU student organizations, Greek sororities and fraternities, East Lansing community groups, Michigan high school bands and much more.

College of Human Medicine Alumni & Emeritus Faculty Reception
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Secchia Center
Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and drink tickets will be provided.
To register visit the College of Human Medicine event site.
For more information contact Marci Muller by email or by calling (616) 234-2611.

GLBT Alumni Homecoming Reception
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center Hotel & Conference Center, Red Cedar Room
$20 for adults, $10 for students
Join the MSU GLBT Alumni for the 10th Annual Homecoming Reception, immediately following the MSU Homecoming Parade. The GLBT scholarship recipients for the new academic year will be introduced. All MSU alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as Purdue guests and all our friends and supporters of MSU are invited. This event features delicious food, including a carving station, a cash bar and coffee. Free parking will be available in the Kellogg Center parking ramp. The MSU GLBT Alumni Board wishes to thank our generous sponsors, Merrill Lynch and the MSU Federal Credit Union.
For more information contact Bill Beachler by email, or visit the MSU GLBT Alumni website or Facebook page.

The School of Hospitality Business After-Parade Celebration
7:15-8 p.m.
Located behind the Broad and Eppley buildings
Open to Hospitality Business alumni and students.
Reservations required; please RSVP to Lena Loeffler by email or by calling (517) 884-1580.

MSUBA Mix & Mingle Party with DJ Blu
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Ballroom
$10 in advance, $15 after September 28
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

Saturday, October 3

MSUBA Annual Board Meeting
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Executive Room
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

The School of Hospitality Business Pre-Game Reception
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Riverside Room
$40 per person and reservation required.
Reservations required; please RSVP to Lena Loeffler by email or by calling (517) 884-1580.

Green & White Homecoming Brunch
9:00 a.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Big Ten Rooms
$35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under.
Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association
Before you head to Spartan Stadium for the Homecoming game, celebrate Homecoming at the Green & White Brunch. Many special MSU guests will be in attendance. Pre-registration is required.

MSU Families @ Homecoming Tailgate
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Auditorium Field by "The Rock"
Prices vary
Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association
Instead of hauling your grill and tent up to campus, leave the work to us. Located on the banks of the Red Cedar, you'll be treated to a tailgate-style lunch provided by the Spartan Hall of Fame Café, as well as exclusive performances by the MSU Dance Team, cheerleaders and drumline. You'll also enjoy tailgate games, activities and photographs with the world-famous Sparty! Pre-registration is required.

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Program Homecoming Tailgate
9:00 a.m.
Northeast grassy area outside of North Kedzie Hall
No charge
Open to BLD alumni, family and friends
All BLD alumni and family/friends are invited to attend our Homecoming tailgate. The tailgate will include food and non-alcoholic beverages, raffle with great MSU prizes and the opportunity to re-connect with your alma mater. Visit our website at and click on “Homecoming Tailgate Tent” to register. There are also a limited number of football tickets available for purchase.
For more information contact Ellen Rzepka by email or by calling (517) 353-7800.

Department of Forestry Alumni Brunch
9:00 a.m.
Natural Resources Building
$15 per person
For more information or to RSVP contact Juli Mack by email or by calling (517) 355-0090.

School of Packaging Alumni Association Tailgate
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Located on the front lawn of the School of Packaging
No charge for Packaging alumni and their family & friends
Join us for free food, beverages and entertainment from the MSU Pom Squad
For more information contact Lindsay Beck by email.

College of Veterinary Medicine Homecoming Tailgate
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Demonstration Hall Field
No charge
Dean John Baker invites all CVM alumni to attend the CVM Homecoming Tailgate. Come early for breakfast and coffee, and to hear updates from the Dean and college administration at 9:30 a.m. Stay for tailgate festivities until the game kicks-off at noon!
For more information or to RSVP contact Hanna Leestma by email or by calling (517) 353-7199.

James Madison College Tailgate
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
South Pointe at Case Hall
No charge
Join use for the annual James Madison College Tailgate. We welcome back James Madison alumni, families, friends, faculty, staff and students for brunch and performances by the MSU Pompon Team.
For more information contact Kim Allan by email, or visit the James Madison College website.

Broad College Alumni Welcome Tent
10:00 a.m.
Red Cedar Road, north of Shaw Lane
No charge
The Eli Broad College of Business hosts an alumni tent at each MSU home football game. Enjoy hearty food and refreshing beverages, music and special guests.
For more information contact the Broad College Alumni Relations Office by phone at (517) 353-4340.

College of Education Tailgate
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Demonstration Hall Field
No charge
Join Dean Donald Heller, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association board, alumni, faculty and staff for food, live music and fun.
For more information contact the College of Education Alumni Relations office by phone at (517) 355-1787.

College of Nursing Tailgate
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Red Cedar & Shaw Lane
No charge
Celebrate Homecoming with your fellow Spartan Nurses as we welcome back graduates from the College of Nursing, their families, friends as well as college faculty and staff. Food and refreshments will be provided. To register for the Nursing Homecoming Tailgate please register by Friday, September 18 online or by calling (517) 432-5033.
For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Pamela Jones by phone at (517) 432-0670.

MSUBA Tailgate
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Northeast corner of Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road, by the International Center and Wells Hall
Please note, parking is not allowed on the grass, violators will be ticketed and towed
Food donations appreciated
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

College of Human Medicine Alumni & Friends Tailgate
10:00 a.m.
North side of Spartan Stadium, across from the stadium visitor parking lot, on the banks of the Red Cedar
A limited number of football tickets are available. Advance ticket purchase required.
To register visit the College of Human Medicine event site.
For more information contact Marci Muller by email or by calling (616) 234-2611

Homecoming Football Game vs. Purdue
12:00 p.m.
Spartan Stadium
Sponsored by MSU Athletics
Half-time will feature a special 100th anniversary tribute to MSU's Fight Song by the Spartan Marching Band. Homecoming Court members, Homecoming Grand Marshal William Brohn and Homecoming Parade award winners will also be honored.
For ticket information contact the MSU Ticket Office or call (800) GO-STATE.

MSUBA Distinguished Alumni & Scholarship Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Ballroom
$60 in advance, $65 after September 28
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

MSUBA Celebrity DJ Night Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff
10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Ballroom
21 and over
$30 in advance, $35 after September 28
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

Sunday, October 4

MSUBA Memorial Brunch
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center (Lansing, MI), Executive Room
$30 in advance, $35 after September 28
For more information visit the MSUBA event site.

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